It has been ten games since Fulham last beat Chelsea, with the Blues having had the upper hand over the past five seasons and they have won four of the last five meetings between the west London rivals.
The bookmakers are taking no chances with their quote about Andre Villas-Boas’ team claiming victory on Wednesday night, despite the fact that the Portuguese will rest several of the players that were involved at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Chelsea are a best price 4/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory with a youthful team which will include Josh McEachran, Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand. It also appears that Didier Drogba will be in the squad and the Ivorian is 7/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to open the scoring.
Martin Jol has confirmed that Fulham will also field a second string line-up for the match, especially as they are playing in the Europa League again this term, with Stan James offering 9/1 that the visitors can book their place in the next round of the Carling Cup.
With both teams showing several changes, we might expect a wide open contest and Over 2.5 Goals is an 8/13 chance with Sky Bet. A 3-2 win in favour of Chelsea can be backed at 28/1 and Lukaku will be looking forward to an opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge, with the forward on offer at 5/1.